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1979 Motobécane Grand Jubilé

This was my first road bike. The Grand Jubilé was at the top of Motobécane's "touring" lineup, though it's really a more of a "sport touring" bike since it lacks mounts for water bottle cages, racks, and cantilever brakes. The model got its name from the derailleur that it was originally spec'd with, the Huret Jubilee, which, at just 145 grams, was the lightest derailleur made at the time. Later models however, such as this one, feature the the Suntour Cyclone, a similarly legendary lightweight touring derailleur weighing a slightly heavier 190 grams. This particular Grand Jubilé is supposedly a 1979 model. It was originally purchased by my aunt's boyfriend from the Cambridge Bicycle Exchange. I've been told 1979 was a bit of a transition period between European and Japanese components. It's got Japanese gears and derailleurs, but a lot of other things, pedals, wheels brakes, are French. This bike sat in a basement for a long time before it was given to me. I proceeded to ride the hell out of it throughout high school and college.

Motobécane Grand Jubilé, double butted Vitus 172 tubing

Vitus 172 fork blades with Huret chromed tips, Motobécane Professional headset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Sakae Ringyo Apex 170mm cranks

Sakae Ringyo SP 100BL pedals with Christophe Brevete AFA toe clips

Maeda 32-14 5 speed freewheel, Sakae Ringyo 52/40 Chainrings, KMC X8 EPT chain

Suntour Cyclone GT rear derailleur, Suntour Cyclone front derailleur, and Suntour Power downtube shifters

Pivo Alloy Racing Bend handlebars and Pivo stem

26.2mm Sakae Ringyo C-81 fluted seatpost (off a 1983 Trek, replaced the original SR Custom due to longer length and better clamp design)

Weinmann Vanquer 999 center pull calipers with Jagwire Road Sport S brake pads, Weinmann brake levers

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Normandy hub, Rigida 27" rim, Panaracer Pasela 27" x 1 1/8" tire

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Normandy hub, Mavic Module E 27" rim, Panaracer Pasela 27" x 1 1/8" tire

Zéfal hp frame pump, Jim Blackburn Rack (removed)

Added by Rainbow83. Last updated over 2 years ago.

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purpleturtle says:

Nice! Thanks for sharing

Posted over 2 years ago